Alpine driver Fernando Alonso has been a competitive factor in the first half of the 2021 season. Alpine’s executive director, Marcin Budkowski, believes that the two-time world champion has silenced his doubters.
Alpine driver Esteban Ocon had a strong start to this season outdoing Alonso for the first part of it. However, Alonso acknowledged his increased comfort in the car right before the French GP. Ever since Alonso has seemingly held the upper hand with the car at Alpine. Budkowski reflected on Ocon’s form and hopes he is able to regain the confidence he had when the season started.
“After two difficult weekends, it was great to see Esteban in good form and a solid weekend allowed him to return to the points. He can now build on this good performance and retrieve his superb early season form.”
When Alonso’s return to Alpine was announced, several members of the media doubted the Spaniard because of his age as well as lack of recent experience. Alonso had kept himself relevant in motorsports as he raced in other events during his time away from F1. Despite this, there have been copious doubts on whether he could ever return to his former self.
Budkowski believes that the returning Spaniard has proved his worth just ten races into the season.
“I think Fernando has now silenced for good whoever doubted his return would be a success.
“His speed is still there, and his race-craft is second to none, as we saw once again in both races last Saturday and Sunday [at Silverstone]. He will no doubt continue pushing himself and the team as the season goes on.”
He also spoke about the team’s preparation for the coming race weekend and believes that qualifying will be key on a track like the Hungaroring.
“The Hungaroring is a tight and twisty track and notoriously difficult to overtake on. That means qualifying will be important and we will need to realize the potential of the car on Saturday to put ourselves in a place where we can fight for the higher points-scoring positions in the race.”